December 31 2010

Adding photos in Lync 2010

There are a number of ways for users to have photos in Lync 2010 but my preference is to store them in Active Directory because they can then be reused by Sharepoint, Exchange / Outlook and other applications.

This is a quick post about the easiest and cheapest way I have found to do this. I’m assuming that you already have your user photos.

Firstly, obtain and install Picture Resizer from here. I used the following options “-o -f96x96 -q100”. This meant that I can easily right-click on a user photo and have it resized to 96 x 96 while maintaining photo quality. This still results in image size reduction, which we are aiming to have well under 30KB to avoid bloating the AD database.

Right-click resize to 96 x 96
Right-click resize to 96 x 96

Next, install a piece of software by a guy named OliD that extends the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC with two tabs on the user properties page – from here. Read the installation instructions can be found in the .zip file.

Once installed you will have a Photo tab in ADUC. Select your newly resized photos and add them to to the thumbnail section.

Photo tab
Photo tab

More useful info here and here.

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Posted December 31, 2010 by danovich in category "OCS / Lync


  1. By hoddino on

    Thanks for this article, came in real handy! One question though, It seems that if I want to change a persons image, the original pic I’ve used is still showing up in the contact list. It’s like it’s cached or something. Do I have to run a command to clear it from the Powershell?


  2. By danovich (Post author) on

    Depending on your settings it may be cached either on the server or on the client. Try recreating the address book with the Update-CsAddressBook cmdlet or on the client side delete the cache (C:Documents and Settings\Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftCommunicator) when the Lync client is closed.

  3. By srunarsson on


    Can you provide the URL for downloading a guy named OliD?

  4. By Fahim on

    When I open Lync 2010 and click the picture next to my name, I am unable to see “Show a picture from a web address”.
    How do I need to upload my photo in Lync?
    Thanks in advance.


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